A New Roadmap for Britain
12 leading artists/directors
12 critical issues
12X10 minute vision/essay films
Release in 2019/2020.
Short films released separately and as a 100m feature film
The films are conceived as a public education tool designed to lift the level of political understanding through high quality ‘essay’ or ‘vision’ films concerned with many of the critical issues facing ordinary British people today – rising poverty; Dickensian levels of inequality; the utter failure of housing policy; crisis across the NHS.
Then there are other critical issues such as Britain’s role in the world and its disastrous foreign policy; runaway climate change and the green economy and green jobs (or lack of).
Specifically, this project aims to further deepen understanding about the Corbyn / McDonnell approach to the many issues the general public need to know much more about , while, at the same time, using the profile of leading artists and directors to both help engage a wider public as well as the media. At the heart of these films will be a common thread – the failure of the ‘neoliberal’ project that has served to enrich a small, global elite while creating ever greater inequality.
… neoliberalism is a busted system. It does not work; it threatens global stagnation; consent for it is eroded; it is generating acute geopolitical fragmentation and — at home-the fragmentation of two-party politics.
But Corbyn is the only mainstream politician who has openly rejected neoliberalism. For all IMF’s admission that neoliberalism is flawed; for all the frantic calls by mainstream thinkers like the FT’s Martin Wolf to “reform capitalism” — nobody close to power in Britain actually proposes to break with the economic model of the past 30 years except Corbyn and his shadow chancellor McDonnell.
They have been right on the futility and injustice of the welfare cap; right on the unachievability of Osborne’s fiscal targets; right on the need for massive infrastructure spending; right on the need for a German-style investment bank; right on the need to abandon austerity in the post-Brexit situation — and they will go on being right because Conservative economic policy is now in improvisation mode.
Paul Mason, July 2016
- The spectrum of progressive party members and activists -from Labour supporters to Green Party; students to campaign groups.
- The wider public
The rise in political activity as witnessed in Labour Party membership numbers and the high turnout for the June 23rd ‘Brexit’ vote both illustrate that we now have high levels of citizen political engagement– arguably both a ‘consequence’ of the decades of neoliberal policies that have not delivered for the vast majority.
What’s past is prologue.
William Shakespeare, The Tempest
Where we go next must demand we know more about how we got here in order that we can better plot a more progressive way forward
This film project wants to enlist some of the best directors, artists and thinkers to lay before us all the arguments about why we cannot settle for more of this corrosive neoliberal experiment – one we have lived under for the best part of 40 years. And the UK is not alone in this experiment. Bernie Sanders campaign for the Democratic Party nomination might be over, but he remains a lightning rod for the many millions of Americans who see him as the first political figure to speak truth to power on this issue.
We need to move the British public with a different vision – one that debunks the myth of the benefits of self interest; one that shows how great a government can be when citizens elect leaders who are on the same page and who share values and a belief that we are truly all in this society – this life – together.
Directors x 12
A shortlist of directors is currently being approached and it covers both new and established names from fiction, documentary, journalism and the arts.
A very wide range of well known public figures drawn from a number of disciplines are being approached to take part in one or more of the short films – each having an interest in a particular issue
The project draws on the work of many writers, academics and journalists who will be invited to lend their support to the films
The 12 Issues
1. ECONOMY Where do We Go From Here?
The battle between the greedy and the rest of us. Welfare for bankers and austerity for us. Tax evasion; food banks, part -time to zero hours. Why we need the right response for all, not the few. Fair tax for all. ‘Growth’ – at what cost?
2. PRIVATISATION: WE, US, OURS – No To Privatisation & Selfishness
From the NHS and Schools , from Council Housing to the Land Registry, everything is up for grabs. Price of everything, value of nothing.
3. HISTORY Where did all the good things come from?!
Protest, resistance, movements. Trades Unions, Keir Hardie, Attlee Govt and Welfare State; Attlee – took on establishment and vested interests and laid the opportunity for all (health, education, housing) that influenced and benefited generations after him.
4. THE BEST WE CAN BE & WE NEED TO PUSH BACK THE RIGHT
The rise of the right and racist groups across Europe. Addressing fears with proper policies. The good news…where there are new ways catching fire: USA – Bernie, Greece, Spain and yes the UK. Our shared history of progressive protest and politics – leveller and chartists, suffragettes to Keir Hardie, Attlee etc.
5. FARE WELL ON WELFARE
Welfare. Why we need it, why it’s a mark of civilised society. The universal basic income.
6. A HOME OF OUR OWN
The rental generation; appalling rental conditions; how we get out of this housing scandal; who is building what for whom and who’s money is driving these new exclusive developments? Bedroom tax and no new council housing.
7. BRING OUR NHS BACK TO LIFE
NHS reinstatement bill. Mental health. War on drugs. Research bias by big pharma – public funding dead, all private sector led.
8. EDUCATION. LET OUR CHILDREN LEARN AND BE THE BEST THEY CAN.
What’s behind tests & Failing Schools – money, academisation and massive sell-off. Childcare, primary, secondary, university &. debt. What’s the point of school?
9. ’BREXIT’, EUROPE & DEMOCRACY.
What next? What must we retain – human, worker and environmental rights. What happens to TTIP, UK and USA free trade deals? Will we be better or worse off?
10. FAITH IN GREEN – WE HAVE NO CHOICE. Energy, climate change.
Growth model disaster. Overview of low investment in renewables, mitigation, flood defence investment, public transport Vs nuclear investment and fracking.
11. TIME TO BE A DIFFERENT KIND OF WORLD LEADER
Foreign Policy & Security and Defence. Britain in the World: where we were once, where we are now and where we should (and should not) aim for.
12. PASS IT ON – the generosity to the future. The vision and how to deliver it.
The beauty of legacy. The beauty of doing things that will benefit the next, unborn generation. What it means to be human. What it means to do stewardship.
Spring/Summer 2017 Pre-production/ start first films; ongoing fundraising
Autumn 2017/ Summer 2018 Production
Summer 2018 /Spring 2019 Edit, post production: prepare outreach/on the road plans
Spring/Summer 2019 On the road, online, cinemas simultaneously
12 for 2020 is an initiative of Tipping Point Film Fund. It is co-executive produced by Deborah Burton and James Barratt. Deborah was an Executive Producer (for TPFF) on Leila Sansour’s OPEN BETHLEHEM and Amir Amirani’s WE ARE MANY. James Barrett is currently producing LONDON RECRUITS. It is the sensational story of the young men and women who undertook clandestine missions for the ANC during the bleakest years of the apartheid regime and us based on the book by Ken Keable. Lead Researcher is Ho-Chih Lin. Ho-Chih was an associate producer on We Are Many.
James, Deborah and Ho Chih will work alongside a number of other producers in order to deliver the 10 short films.